Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge
31 March 2020

This part of Melle is still mostly rural

I do not know whether this is an authentic farm house
or a 21st century imitation

This definitely is authentic rural countryside

Another rural or quasi rural house

We are getting nearer to the Heusdenbaan and Gentbrugge
More new estates

John Youngestraat
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Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge
31 March 2020

Bromeliastraat – Brusselsesteenweg

Zwaanhoeklos, after crossing Brusselsesteenweg

This look like something belonging to a former factory

Zwaanhoeklos

This looks promising, but it is a ‘cul de sac’

We are on the southern end of the familiar Oude Brusselseweg

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Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge
31 March 2020

François Spaestraat

Camille Melloyhof

Camille Melloyhof

ProRail Melle

Bromeliastraat

ProRail Melle

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Sikh24.com – World Sikh Parliament issue advice on practical steps for Gurdwaras to reopen

Sikh24 UK Bureau

Santokh Singh

London – UK, 27 May 2020. The World Sikh Parliament (WSP) on 26 May released two videos, one in English and one in Punjabi, with advice for Gurdwaras around the world on considerations they should take when reopening their doors to the Sangat after lock-down.

The videos cover topics from protecting the elderly members of the Sangat to the distribution of degh. The content highlights the dangers of a second and third wave of Corona-virus which may cost many more lives to the deadly disease.

Sangat is encouraged to conduct TV shows to engage with the Sangat and let them know about the changes they will need to bring in. WSP also ask Gurdwaras to put up signing, markings on the floor and potentially introducing a one way system if possible in the Gurdwara.

It is also highlighted that many Gurdwara granthis have also passed away due to the virus and the Sangat are encouraged to keep social distancing to protect the most vulnerable in the community and the Divans being extended in order to cater for the Sangat having Darshan of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

To see the videos click on the below link !

https://www.sikh24.com/2020/05/27/world-sikh-parliament-issue-advice-on-practical-steps-for-gurdwaras-to-reopen/#.XtJducBS_IU

Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge

Gentbrugge – Melle – Gentbrugge
01 April 2020


De Lijn Bus stop – Bus 20
Peter Benoitlaan
Melle – Landskouter – Oosterzele


Werkhuizenstraat


Jean Jaures – French socialist politician


De Lijn Bus stop – Bus 20
Steenbekestraat


De Lijn Bus stop – Bus 20
Henri Van Daelestraat


I just left Gentbrugge and entered Melle

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I-News – Sikh frontline workers having to choose ‘between faith and safety’ because corona-virus masks do not fit around their beards, warns MP.

No one should be made to choose between breaking their faith and compromising their safety’

Serina Sandhu

London – UK, 29 May 2020. Sikh workers on the front-line of the corona-virus pandemic are having to choose between their faith and their safety because some of the face masks to protect them against Covid-19 do not properly fit due to their beards, an MP has warned.

Leaving bodily hair uncut is one of the central tenets of Sikhism, meaning that some men have large beards.

But Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, Preet Kaur Gill, who herself is a Sikh, said some frontline healthcare workers with beards were not passing “fit tests” to ensure their respirator masks properly fitted their face, according to British Asian newspaper, Eastern Eye.

‘Take action’

Some had been asked to shave their beards in order to properly wear the mask as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE).

“No one should be made to choose between breaking their faith and compromising their safety or commitment to the frontline,” Ms Gill told i.

“Everyone should be supported to practise their religion safely and free from discrimination, and the fundamental tenets of Sikhism, like the proscription of cutting bodily hair, must not be an exception.”

She urged the Government to address concerns among members of the Sikh community “and take action to protect those working on the frontline as a matter of urgency”.

Ms Gill said it was important the Government acted on the matter because people from ethnic minority backgrounds were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Public Health England is carrying out a review into the issue.

‘Concerned’

Ms Gill’s warning comes after a Sikh consultant anaesthesist was moved from the front-line because he refused to shave his beard to ensure he could wear a respirator mask, according to The Telegraph.

The Sikh Doctors Association said “concerned” Sikh health professionals had told the group they had been put in a difficult position of having to shave their beard to pass the fit test for certain masks. It called for workers with beards to be “equipped with the right PPE to carry out their duties safely”.

Janet Daby, the Labour MP for Lewisham East, tweeted: “I’ve heard numerous concerns and the choice being forced on Sikh frontline workers is absolutely devastating.”

‘Safety of staff is paramount’

According to the Health and Safety Executive, the Government body responsible for workplace safety, people undergo “fit testing” to ensure that face masks have “a good seal with the wearer’s face”.

“A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer,” it says.

The Department of Health and Social Care said: “The safety of our staff is paramount, and all healthcare professionals must have a mask fit-test carried out before using any masks to ensure they are fit for purpose.

“During this global pandemic, we have been working around the clock to ensure PPE is delivered as quickly as possible to those on the front-line and we have delivered more than 1.51 billion pieces items since the outbreak began.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/sikh-frontline-workers-choose-between-faith-and-safety-coronavirus-masks-do-not-fit-around-beards-2869207

Gentbrugge – Dampoort

Gentbrugge – Dampoort
Gentbrugge
31 March 2020


Sluizenweg


Sluizenweg


Left Scheldekaai (Gentbrugge)
Right Vlaamsekaai (Gent

Gentbrugge – Dampoort
Gent
31 March 2020


Heernislaan


Through the tunnel to Gentbrugge and Sint-Amandsberg


Tunnel underneath Dampoortstation

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Sikh24.com – Hurriyat Conference strongly condemns attack on Derby Gurdwara

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 27 May 2020. Strongly condemning the recent attack on Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Derby (UK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has expressed solidarity with the Sikh community. The APHC asked the British government to take stern action against the attacker so that no one could dare to commit such a heinous act in the future.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations formed on 9 March 1993, as a united political front to raise the cause of Kashmir.

In a press note shared with Sikh24, All Parties Hurriyat Conference’s spokesperson Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has said that this attack was extremely painful as Sikhs have always stood for the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Smelling Indian agencies’ hand behind this attack, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said that Sikhs have always supported the Kashmiris.

“When the innocent Kashmiris were being assaulted by Hindu extremists in all parts of India in August last year, the Sikhs opened the doors of their Gurdwaras for the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims and provided them food and shelter,” Sehrai said while adding that the Kashmiris can’t even think of attacking Gurdwara.

He expressed hope that the Indian agencies will not succeed in its nefarious design focused on creating discord between Muslims and the Sikhs.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai’s son Junaid Sehrai was an active Kashmiri militant who recently lost his life in an encounter with the Indian forces in Srinagar’s Nawakadal area on May 19.

On 25 May a Muslim man of Pakistani origin named Mohammed Ibrar had attacked Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Derby. He smashed the Gurdwara property causing damage worth thousands of pounds.

After the attack, he had left a written note in Gurdwara Sahib in which he had tried to depict that he launched this attack out of anger against the Indian government for oppressing Kashmiris.

https://www.sikh24.com/2020/05/27/hurriyat-conference-strongly-condemns-attack-on-derby-gurdwara/#.Xs_EqsBS_IU

Gentbrugge – Dampoort

Gentbrugge – Dampoort
31 March 2020


Louis Van Houtte

Recumbent bike – ligfiets


Recumbent bike – ligfiets


August Van Ooststraat


Scheldekaai


Cycle routes

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Derby Telegraph – Police link attack on Sikh temple (Gurdwara) to Derby shop stabbing

A door was smashed in the early hours of this morning

Martin Naylor & Tom Bokros

Derby – Derbyshire – UK, 26 May 2020. An attack on a Sikh temple (Gurdwara) in Normanton has been linked to a nearby shop stabbing.

Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara in Stanhope Street had its front doors smashed in the early hours of this morning.

The break-in was reported to police at 8.40am.

Now, police believe that this break-in is linked to a stabbing in Normanton Road nearby.

In that incident, a 41-year-old man was found unconscious and with stab wounds after he was attacked in Polanica Polish delicatessen this morning.

A man was arrested in relation to the shop incident.

Now, that same man has also been arrested on suspicion of burglary in relation to the temple break-in.

Police have also said that they do not believe anyone else was involved in the incidents, but they will continue to investigate.

Superintendent Gareth Meadows said: “I would like to thank the Sikh community and the local people in Normanton for their assistance with our enquiries.

“Our officers remain in the area.

“If you have any information in relation to these two incidents please speak to the officers or contact us using the methods stated.”

Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara said on its Facebook page: “From the evidence obtained thus far, the male’s attire and the note which was left, appears that he is of Muslim background.

“This is an area with a multi-cultural community, where all have lived and worked together for many years.

“Especially during these times, faith-based charities have been at the forefront.

“This incident nor this message will create any tension between communities, but how you react to this will.

“We acknowledge this maybe an individual or a small group however we should not malign the whole Muslim community and therefore request people to refrain from such posts.”

Derby city councillor Baggy Shanker, who is a member of Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, said: “Any attack of this nature on any place of worship is cowardly.

“The police need to act promptly to deal with this individual and bring him to justice.

“Derby’s communities have a very long and good understanding of each other’s values and share the utmost respect for people’s beliefs.

“This isolated issue is not any reflection on that and must be treated with firmly and quickly.”

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/attack-sikh-temple-linked-derby-4162913